Morgan Jmaiff began skating with the Golden Figure Skating Club at age two

Former Golden skater comes back as coach

The Golden Figure Skating Club was looking for a new head coach at the end of last season, and found a familiar face.

The Golden Figure Skating Club was looking for a new head coach at the end of last season, and who better to fill that position than a former GFSC skater who made it to the national level?

Morgan Jmaiff was born in Golden, and began skating with the club at the age of two.

“I loved it right way,” she said. “My mom said she had to drag me off the ice.”

She showed a talent for the sport early on, and by the time she reached Grade 7 coaches from larger centres had their eye on Jmaiff. She moved to Kelowna with her mother to be in a more competitive environment, commuting back to Golden to see her father who stayed behind.

In Grade 8 she made it to Nationals, and continued skating up to a senior level, calling it quits after skating in Nationals in her Grade 12 year.

She moved onto Edmonton to get her certification in personal training, but found that she missed the ice.

“I really enjoyed the training, and I plan to continue pursuing that, but it’s not quite as satisfying as I thought it would be,” said Jmaiff. “I really missed the skating, so I’m so excited to be doing this.”

Jmaiff has coached in the past, mainly younger skaters while she was training in Kelowna, but this will be the first time she has taken on an entire club’s program.

“It’s going to be fun for sure,” she said. “I’ve got a game plan going in, I’ve been preparing a lot. I’m really excited to teach the younger skaters, start them off with some good habits. But once you get into the older competitive levels it gets really fun too.”

The GFSC is hosting a registration night on Sept. 3 in the Rec Plex lobby. Jmaiff will be there to answer any questions.

“Skating is such a great thing for younger kids. It really matures you and teaches a lot of confidence,” she said.

There will also be a meet and greet with Jmaiff at the Arena Lobby on Wednesday Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.


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